|Gift of water invaluable in our lives|
|Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Religion Editor|
|Friday, 29 June 2012 08:13|
Water is a vital and powerful resource in our lives.
We use the power of water daily in our lives including bathing, cooking and washing of items such as clothes and dishes. Across the globe, many villages, towns and large cities are found on the shores of rivers, lakes and oceans, demonstrating the need for water.
While modern technology and pipelines can take the valuable resource to most places, water was such a valuable commodity, early settlers in any part of the world needed to remain near a reliable source of water for survival. All the great cities in the Bible and in the world today are near a water source.
"When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord, will answer them; I the God of Israel will not forsake them," the Bible states about how God provides water. Continuing, "I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs. (Isaiah 41:17-18)
Dams, water towers and reservoirs have been built to store the valuable resource, and the importance of wells are prominent in the scriptures.
In biblical times, there are various stories about gathering at the well, including the story Jesus shared of the Samaritan woman at the well. He used the story to teach a life lesson of faith. Water is connected to life and faith.
The magnetic power of water draws people to countless water-based locales for vacations and retreats. Those who seek out these resorts often use water for recreation or sport. It is easy to list countless activities on, in and under the water.
Similarly water can be peaceful and calming. Many people love sitting by a waterfall or enjoying a gentle rain.
The beauty of water is also revealed to us visibly and in scriptures through the power of a rainbow.
Water is also used in conjunction with everyday things such as to transform food items into tastier meals, to form building materials into strong components as concrete. Water can be used for cooling and for heating. The uses are endless.
Much like our faith life, how often do we take these things for granted? There are countless words for water in its various forms, such as steam, vapor, ice, dew, moisture, rain, snow, fog, sleet and liquid. There are other words which conjure up images of the use of water such as drink, irrigation or boil. There are also the various names for bodies of water such as sea, lake, river, ocean, pond, pool, creek and bog. Each a little different than the next, but all composed of water.
How many different types of beverages are created with the binary compound of water? All the variations and aspects are testimony to the power of water for survival.
Hydroelectric facilities use water to generate electricity, a further benefit to our lives. Fish and other seafood live in the waters of the world and provide food for our bodies.
Water is one of God's greatest gifts to humanity, perhaps second only to God's love. Yet, we cannot forget the destructive power of water in floods and storms, and for those who drown without the proper training or respect for the water.
It's easy to take water for granted. It's similarly easy to take God for granted.
God's love and energy are also abundant around us. When something is that readily available and often unseen, our natural instincts allow such an unbelievable asset to go unnoticed and not recognized. Like a lazy river, we sometimes get complacent about our faith and appreciation for God's love, much as we are complacent about the value of water.
Believers and non-believers should think about the blessings given to us in water. It is a visible and tangible gift from God, a life-giving force and blessing revealing the love and power of God's energy.
(Editor's note: This continues the series with an additional look at water.)
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